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December 10, 2008
Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has acquired guards Raja Bell and Sean Singletary and forward Boris Diaw from the Phoenix Suns, in exchange for guard Jason Richardson, forward Jared Dudley and a conditional second-round draft pick in 2010.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to add these new pieces to our team,” Higgins said. “While we’re giving up two key members of our rotation, we feel like Raja, Boris and Sean can help us improve our team.”
The 6-5 Bell has started all 22 games for Phoenix this season, with averages of 9.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Bell, who enters tonight’s games ranked 13th in the NBA in three-point percentage at .468 (44-94), was named to the All-Defensive Second Team last season and to the All-Defensive First Team in 2006-07. In his ninth NBA season after being undrafted out of Florida International, Bell has career averages of 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He has averaged double-figure scoring in each of the last five seasons and is reunited with Bobcats Head Coach Larry Brown, for whom he played with the Philadelphia 76ers from 2000-02.
The NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2005-06, the 6-8 Diaw is averaging 8.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting .567 from the field in 22 games played for Phoenix in his sixth NBA season. In 400 career NBA games, Diaw has averages of 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Diaw has been a member of the French national team since 2003, having competed in the European Championships in 2003, 2005 and 2007, as well as the 2006 World Championships. The 21st overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Diaw has recorded five career triple-doubles, including back-to-back triple doubles on April 14 and 16, 2006.
A rookie out of Virginia, the 6-0 Singletary has seen action in 13 games this season, averaging 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists. Singletary was initially selected by Sacramento with the 42nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft before being traded to Houston on August 14 and later to Phoenix on August 25. A three-time First Team All-ACC selection at Virginia, Singletary finished his career as the only player in ACC history to record at least 2,000 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals.
Richardson has played in 14 games for Charlotte this season, having missed seven games after undergoing right knee surgery. Richardson led the team in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game, and enters tonight’s games ranked 14th in the NBA in three-point percentage at .458 (27-59). Richardson, who was initially acquired by the Bobcats along with the draft rights to Jermareo Davidson in exchange for the draft rights to Brandan Wright on June 28, 2007, became the first Bobcats player ever to average 20 points per game for an entire season in 2007-08, setting franchise records for points, scoring average, field goals and three-point field goals.
Dudley is in his second NBA season and is averaging 5.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 20 games played. In 93 career games, Dudley has averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists for the Bobcats, who selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
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